A quick discussion with friends will reveal that there are many different ways to visit Paris, but few may come up with one as unique as experiencing it from your very own floating hotel. This cycling journey takes you along quiet roads that follow the course of the Seine and Oise rivers. You'll travel by both bike and barge through royal forests and beautiful villages that so inspired the painters Van Gogh and Sisley. Arriving into Paris through the canals to witness some of her most famous landmarks from the comfort of your own barge is one of the many highlights of the week. A full day is set aside to explore the many sights of Paris such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. A visit to the very impressive castle of Fontainebleau, where Napoleon famously abdicated the first time, offers an engaging visual insight into the royal history of France, while villages like Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing will garner your appreciation of the picturesque landscape you cycle and cruise through.
DAY 1 Arrive Paris Gare du Nord, transfer to Moret-sur-Loing (7km / 4.5mi) DAY 2 Cycle via the Château de Fontainebleau to Melun (45km / 28mi) DAY 3 Follow the Seine to Vigneux sur Seine then by barge to Paris (50km / 31mi) DAY 4 Day free to explore Paris DAY 5 Follow the Seine River across the Bois de Boulogne to Bougival (40km / 25mi) DAY 6 Cycle via Van Gogh's Auvers-sur-Oise to l'Isle Adam (40km / 25mi) DAY 7 Cycle through the Compiègne forest to the imperial city of Compiègne (40km /25mi) DAY 8 Trip concludes
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Note: High season supplement applies for departures from 2 to 23 September. Itinerary operates in reverse each alternate departure. Optional bike insurance is available for this trip - allow EUR26 (payable locally, subject to change).
1 Trip begins in Compiègne.
2 Trip begins with group transfer from Paris Gare du Nord to Moret sur Loing (refer to itinerary 2 in our detailed itinerary notes).
*7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners *7 nights on a Category C barge in a twin share compact cabin with split level beds and ensuite facilities *24 speed ladies or men's bike rental with pannier (bike insurance extra; electric bike available on request, 2 per departure - supplement applies) *visit to Fontainebleau Castle *multilingual tour escort *group transfer Paris, Gare du Nord to Moret sur Loing or vice versa *wine and cheese tasting *several city walks *information pack including overview map per cabin